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I’m sure tomorrow all everyone will talk about are either Tortorellas confrontation with Brooks after the game, or with the fight Carcillo had with Gaborik and nobody stepped into help. So let’s start there shall we? With regards to Torts and Brooks, I think it’s really just a matter of Torts trying to “protect” his guys by doing what he did to Brooks. If you read Brooks you know pretty much all he does is bash Sather, Redden, Rozsival, and Tortorella…then rinses and repeats. I feel like Torts is just trying to tell Brooks that they know what he is doing, and they’ve had enough of his BS. Torts has this right, and I don’t mind it one bit, though to be fair, the question Brooks was asking, which relates to the second issue, was not only fair, but was one I was really hoping Torts would address in the post game press conference before I even saw it. The issue of course was whether Girardi, or someone else, should have stepped into the fight, and saved Gabby from the beatdown. I of course am firmly on the side of, penalties be damned, Gaborik is way more important than 1 penalty, or 1 game lost if you happen to give up a game winning goal on the ensuing penalty kill. The Rangers, and Girardi in particular, should have leveled Carcillo the second it happened. I know a lot of people are bashing Carcillo, but he’s not doing anything that Avery wouldn’t do himself. Anyone remember Avery bashing Tim Thomas upside the head? That was worse. Carcillo did his job, and took our best player out of the game for a very long 5 minutes.

The game itself wasn’t really played all that badly by the Rangers, who really only had 1 quality shot on net, by Aaron Voros of all people, for the entire game. The trouble is the Flyers played a superb game, gave the Rangers absolutely nothing, and were relentless on the forecheck.

Prior to this season I picked the Flyers to win the Eastern Conference, and I really felt they would come out of the East and possibly win it all if their goaltending was good. Well, their goaltending didn’t need to be good, because their skaters were so damn dominant in all aspects that the Rangers seldom found themselves in prime shooting position, and when they were they either shot it wide, or, more often than not, the Philadelphia skaters were there to deflect the shots away. I tip my hat to the Flyers, they were outstanding.

Next game is against the Habs, and should be a tough win. Habs aren’t all that bad, and their stadium is always a decided home ice advantage, as long as the team is playing semi competent out there.

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